I’m also pleasantly surprised that my daughter and son have shown some interest in clocks as well. Initially they had not shown much interest in the grandfather clock idea, but I’m hoping that all these new clocks will help spark an interest, or at least all the exposure to my interest in clocks over the years will make them both a little sentimental about clocks as well. Almost everyone who comes to my house comments on the fact that there is a clock anywhere you look, although now I’m trying to replace quantity with quality.
I have an old regulator wall clock with the original glass panel advertising Calumet baking powder that used to hang in a store that my grandparents owned. This was one of two matching clocks, and I found this one in their barn with the wall clock movement missing. I refinished the case and fit a key-wound pendulum movement from Klockit in it. I guess that’s the only one that has some meaning or history to it. I’ve had it hanging in my bedroom for the past 15 years which is nice except when I sleep somewhere else — on vacation, for example — and then it’s too quiet without the tick-tock sound I’m used to hearing.
I’ve also just discovered the novelty clock section of your website and the interesting Rhythm Clocks, so I’ll be looking at those much more closely. Originally I was single-mindedly focused on grandfather clocks, and then wall clocks, that I haven’t even looked at everything else you offer.
You already definitely have me as a loyal customer. I can’t promise I’m going to buy a grandfather clock every year, but I did a fair amount of research before I first contacted you, and was already impressed with your selection and prices; now you can add customer service to that as well. And that’s pretty much the holy triumvirate of the retail business.
My parents own a hardware store, and my grandparents owned a dry goods store and a department store simultaneously, so I appreciate what it takes to deliver good customer service, and I prefer to give my business to a family-owned business that is well run.
Special thanks to a great grandfather clock and wall clock customer who actually wrote the above in an email to us. The inter-generational aspect of the story, among others, made us believe this would be of interest to some of of grandfather clocks blog readers.